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The Central City Railroad


Mining Museum

Colorado's Gold Rush Railroad

Central City Railroad and Mining Museum is a scenic railroad and  museum in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. 

Our Mission is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Colorado Central Railroad and the Colorado & Southern Railway. Focused on highlighting the roles they played in Gilpin County and the greater State of Colorado's history. 

The Museum is dedicated to preservation and illustration of the
historical impact of the Railroad and Mining industries in Gilpin County, Colorado, and the Western United States. Keeping with our mission to make history
educational, fun, and interactive for generations to come. 

 CCRRMM operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit

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Who We Are

The Central City Railroad and Mining Museum is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Colorado's history through heritage tourism. 

In August 1968, that the Colorado Central Narrow Gauge Railroad first started operations as a tourist line in Central City; we are here to bring this history to life once more. 

Our founders and board of trustees are dedicated to the preservation and restoration of a historic icon of the American West: the stream powered, narrow gauge railroad.

The CCRRMM is currently rebuilding a the historic Colorado & Central Railroad line and is renovating the historic 1878 depot as a museum.

Based in Central City, Colorado and working in cooperation with the City Government, the Gilpin County Historical Society, and other private parties, the CCRRMM has a target date of late 2022 to accept visitors. 

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"Serious Proposal May Restore, Revive Central City Railroad"

"A running train and museum would attract more of the growing statewide tourists into the city and in turn would help the Gilpin History Museum & Tours, The Opera House, The Gilpin Arts Gallery bring in more visitors explained Knapff. Package tours connecting the train and tours provided by the Gilpin Historical Society was just one of the mutual business benefits mentioned."


"Dream of restoring a tourist train between Black Hawk and Central City"

"It was recognized that there was an abundance of grant opportunities to restore trains. Most require that the rolling stock be owned by a nonprofit group to make funds available. CCRMM is offering options to Central City to consider providing funding to seek further funding to progress the project, or with responsible negotiations release ownership of #71 and the baggage car from Central City to another nonprofit organization. Many opportunities are on the horizon."

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